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Controls Engineer (DDC)

Company: Sterling St James LLC
Location: Cincinnati
Posted on: September 25, 2022

Job Description:

Position: Controls Engineer

Location: Ohio, Minnesota or Arizona

Job Type: Full-time

Summary of Position

The Controls Design Engineer is critical to the successful integration of Direct Digital Controls (DDC) into a mechanical HVAC design. Understanding of HVAC equipment operation at both the individual level and in concert with other equipment at the whole building level will be an integral part of this position.

To provide suitable control documents, including schematic drawings, point lists, sequences of operation, and specification sections, the Controls Design Engineer will be capable of implementing entire DDC control systems, from initial hardware design to final system tuning. They will provide field assistance to support DDC controls system project delivery as required, which may include communicating design intent and design details, answering technical questions, and performing any duties relating to the DDC control system project, seeing it to completion. Regular collaboration is necessary within controls and commissioning teams.


Prepare schematic drawings, point lists, sequences of operation, and specification sections within the control documents portion of the overall mechanical design.
Stay current on control strategies and code changes. Participate in training, internal and external. Obtain and maintain technical certifications as needed.
Participate in construction administration efforts alongside other groups within the company.
Participate in control submittal reviews, project planning meetings, and other support as required.
Execute on quality Project Management with the aid of company provided tools, training, and metrics.
Assist DDC controls system project delivery with field support. Communicate design intent and details, answer technical questions, and participate in any portion of the DDC control system project construction as required, seeing it to completion.
Create hardware design and installation drawings. Include equipment selection used to provide bill of materials.
Master the use of Niagara, Tridium, PX graphic screen development, meta-data tagging, wire sheet programming, analytics, and hierarchy navigation.
Provide control support (fine-tuning and troubleshooting of DDC control systems) as necessary to deliver high quality DDC control projects.

Perform site visits in order to collect equipment information and assess system operations.
Aid in performance of Test & Balance services.
Analyze performance of system operations and
Analyze system operational performance and suggest methods to improve operations and energy efficiency.
Assist in utility analysis.


A Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering is ideal. However, significant experience with the design of building automation systems and frequent interaction with contractors could be substituted for a formal Engineering degree.


Basic understanding of HVAC systems and control strategies
Basic understanding of DDC control systems
Ability to quickly learn control systems software applications

Keywords: Sterling St James LLC, Cincinnati , Controls Engineer (DDC), Engineering , Cincinnati, Ohio

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